Kevin de Bruyne says the disappointment of losing to Tottenham in the Champions League spurred Manchester City on to complete the domestic treble this season.
City have added the Premier League and FA Cup to February's Carabao Cup success to become the first team to win the three trophies in the same season.
And De Bruyne insisted that City are not disappointed to have missed out on the quadruple that would have included the Champions League - instead suggesting that they were even more motivated after their quarter final exit in Europe.
Speaking after the FA Cup final, the Belgian shrugged off a question asking if the Champions League campaign was a disappointment in City's season, explaining: "I think if everyone could take our situation they would do it without blinking.
"You can’t really think about ‘what if’ or what should happen. We lost in the Champions League, you take it on the chin and go further.
"The response we did afterwards is the way you should react. By winning the title and winning today."
City manager Pep Guardiola and some of his players have already expressed a desire to go further in Europe next season, but De Bruyne remained grounded on the subject.
"I don’t think in the start of the year you have the goal of winning three titles," he said.
"You set up to be the best you can and in the end you have to reflect on what’s going well and what’s not and this year we can reflect on that we won three titles and got to the quarter finals of the Champions League and that’s an incredible feat in its self.
He added: "As an athlete you have your pride and you want to do the best as possible. You just want to win titles and the more you have the better it’s going to look on your resume. It’s not like now, it’s maybe in 10, 20 years or 30 years when you look back at it.
"Every season is different. Maybe next year we have a difficult season and other things happen. I cannot talk about what’s going to happen next year. Everything must be in the right place and every player must be there."